First point (from prior note) yep, hosting is great on Power Systems
for just what you said, reducing hardware cost and as it works out power
use, space use, and maintenance cost all at once. BUt so does SAN done
right though the entry price is a little higher so you need to be above
a certain amount of total storage for it to make sense. I can't tell you
what that number is as it varies by company but it's probably around 3
to 5 TB these days. Yes you add some complexity but as they used to say
over in Lansing "This ain't your father's Oldsmobile... er AS/400!" :-)
You are correct on your HMCs. Needanewone for sure to run the
V7R7M7.7sp7(well all 7s anyway!) release needed. The $11K sounds high
but that might include another flat panel and keyboard drawer.
The standard way to manage the Flex system is the "FSM" or "Flex
Systems Manager" It's an Intel node effectively that runs pretty much
the SDMC code. If you ever worked with that you remember it had much of
the HMC function tucked in there (but fairly well hidden!) With the HMC
your Flex can have only POWER blades but with FSM you can mix and match.
FSM can manage ALL of the bits and pieces in the chassis so it's more
function than the HMC by far. It's not going to pull an SDMC!
- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis
On 9/27/2013 8:11 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
originals. "Here, sorry the first one sucked, want an extra one?"
originals. I've kept them up to snuff on HMC code but they won't work for
power 7's. Boss is told that the replacements are $11k each! Of course,
I want two, since I have racks in two cities it kind of makes sense.
But what's this "Flex Management Node"? Possible replacement for HMC?
It's not going to go the way of the SDMC, eh? Those of us who helped work
the bugs out of the HMC are now quite enamored of them (as you can tell by
the lack of popularity of the SDMC).